Sharp has begun the manufacture of 5-inch LCD panels which feature 1080-pixel resolutions. The panels should be found in Android phones early in 2013, and represent fresh rivalry for the OLED tech vendor Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:PANL), but it could be a positive for the application processor suppliers Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), since more power will be required to support video playback and 3D gaming at such a high resolution.
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Motorola Mobility (NASDAQ:GOOG) has withdrawn an August ITC complaint against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which covered 7 non-standards-essential software patents. There exist several possible rationales, such as Google/Motorola not anticipating a favorable ruling; it’s a goodwill gesture on Google’s part; or Google prefers to take its infringement complaints into a courtroom.
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